Building an infinity mirror

Introduction An infinity mirror creates an optical illusion of an infinitely long tunnel. It actually consists of two mirrors — a regular mirror and a one-way mirror — with light emitting diodes (LEDs) sandwiched between them. When the LEDs are turned off, the infinity mirror acts just like a regular mirror. But when the LEDs are turned on, the infinity mirror looks …

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Solar-powered Chemistry in Ultraviolet Beads

Introduction Though ultraviolet (UV) light can be detected with electronic devices, a simple and colorful way to detect ultraviolet (UV) light is with UV-sensitive beads. UV beads change color when they are exposed to sunlight or to another ultraviolet (UV) light source, but they remain white or off-white when indoors. Because lightbulbs in homes and businesses do …

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The physics of artificial gravity (grade 10 and higher)

What is artificial gravity? Artificial gravity (sometimes referred to as pseudogravity) is the creation of an inertial force that mimics the effects of a gravitational force, usually by rotation.[1] Artificial gravity, or rotational gravity, is thus the appearance of a centrifugal force in a rotating frame of reference (the transmission of centripetal acceleration via normal force in the non-rotating frame of reference), as opposed to the force experienced in linear acceleration, which by …

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